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CSPAN
Mar 19, 2011 2:00pm EDT
countries like japan -- excuse me -- china and india. there is not a lot of overlap in those the use -- those views. you have an opportunity to agree with steve and me to come back where we can -- to come back to where we can get things done. you can make the case in a practical sense of what difference transit and your investment has made in your community, what difference it makes in terms of the fabric of the community, the environment, being able to deal with social equity. you have a case to make. i am proud of what we have done in portland, oregon over the last 30 years. transit made it possible for portland to be the nation's most popular european city. there is a joke about young people going there to retire. but the quality of life is good enough that people feel like they are retiring. we have an opportunity to stress in our downtown, our neighboring community. we give people transportation choices. there has been spectacular re- investment that would not have been possible had it not been for transit. we need you to advocate for what transit means to you now and what it wi
CSPAN
Mar 12, 2011 6:00am EST
to the earthquake and tsunami in japan. from the white house, this is about 50 minutes. >> good morning, everybody. before i begin, i want to say a few words about the terrible tsunami that struck japan today. first and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of japan. this is potentially a catastrophic disaster. images of the destruction and flooding coming out of japan are simply heartbreaking. japan is, of course, one of our strongest and closest allies. and this morning i spoke with prime minister kan. on behalf of the american people, i conveyed our deepest condolences and offered our japanese friends whatever assistance is needed. we currently have an aircraft carrier in japan, and another is on its way. we also have a ship en route to the islands to assist as needed. the defense department is working to account for all our military personnel in japan. u.s. embassy personnel in tokyo moved to an offsite location. and the state department is working to account for and assist any and all american citizens who are in the country. tsunami warnings have been issued across the pacif
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 2:00am EDT
plants. now a look at her remarks. this is about 35 minutes. the earth shook in japan. 9.0 on the richter scale and the worst earthquake to hit japan in its recorded modern history. its epicenter was about 100 kilometers earth of the city of sen day and about -- sedona and about -- sendai and north of toke tokyo. a 10 meter high tsunami wave hit the east coast of the japanese main island of hunchu and created terrible devastation. the evening of the same day the news came that in one of the reactors of the nuclear facility in fukushima one the cooling system had failed and that in the facility a fire had broken out. the japanese government declared a nuclear state of emergency. during the following days and nights many aftershocks shook the country and it continues to this day. earthquakes and tsunamis have devastated large swaths of land of japan's northeast region and entire townships were obliterated. the number of victims is increasing. day by day. and we don't know actually how many they are. too many people are still mi
CSPAN
Mar 6, 2011 10:30am EST
friend and ally japan. i spoke with members of the foreign affairs and ministry of justice regarding the fact that japan has become a destination country, a haven for international child abductions. our foreign service officers and consul general were extremely sympathetic. at least 171 children and 131 broken hearted parents are worried sick and have no access to see their children. all of us want japan to sign the hague convention on international child deduction. that treaty will not solve the current cases. they stand at great risk of being left behind a second time. what is the administration's plan to resolve the current cases? on at least five occasions, president obama has met with them. did he raise the issue of those children and their left behind parents? since 1979, brothers and sisters have been illegal in china as part of the bar. one child per couple policy. for over 30 years, the you and public relations -- the u.n. population fund has supported and celebrated the mass of crimes against humanity. the facts are uncontested. any chinese or to that woman without -- or ti
CSPAN
Mar 20, 2011 2:00am EDT
perilous our dependence on petroleum is and the melting nuclear melting in japan shows how perilous our dependence on nuclear power is and they underscore our failure to have a broad based energy portfolio and our failure to have a rational look at our energy usage. mr. russo, - to set prices are determined by supply and demand globally, and several of you have said that sort of thing. let me ask i guess the first mr. newell, what is the scale and let's put it in perspective here of possible short term energy production. i mean, suppose there were a lot more leases for offshore drilling released in the last couple of years to hear the curious oppose or even a in the drilling on private land. what is the scale of the increase in production we might achieve compared to what opec can do by turning defaults up and down in the short term? >> welcome there is a considerable lag in the increased access resources and an expiration and the element and the ultimate protection of the resources so there's an important issue would return to the time scale which i think you mentioned in the short run
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 6:00am EDT
an impression, barbara, about how news of japan sinks into one of the most seismically active country in the world? it's a good question. a lot of my iranian friends have been very afraid about the brashear. -- brashear reactor. i had one friend tell me it's such a hodgepodge of technology. the germans started it in the 1970's and you have chinese bits, russian bits that they're afraid if you plug it in you're afraid the whole thing's beginning to to blow up anyway. now you have japan. it's a very cautionary tale for the iranians. you notice brashear as that -- has not opened. i would bet that it's going to be a while before that reactor starts up if it ever does and if they don't have a functioning nuclear power plant, why do they need all these lower enriched uniform for? -- uranium for? that's in favor as well as all the other problems that's going on, the assassinations of nuclear scientists and so on. it definitely could be a factor in suggesting that they might slow down. i don't think they're going to give up their determination to have a pro
CSPAN
Mar 13, 2011 1:00pm EDT
afghanistan by the end of the year. follow the house live, here on c-span. >> earlier today, japan's prime minister called the damage from the earthquake the most severe challenge the nation has faced since world war ii. friday's disasters damage a series of nuclear reactors, particularly -- potentially sending one to a personal -- a partial meltdown. this statement is about 10 minutes. >> i would like to express my deepest sympathy to those who have been affected by the quake, and also in the disaster stricken areas, as well as to the people of japan who are in a very difficult situation. people remain very calm, and i would like to express my deepest gratitude as well as my respect to all those who are behaving very calmly. boeing yesterday, today we worked very hard to rescue people, and so far, the self- defense force as well as police and firefighters and maritime are able to save about 12,000 people. i would like to explain about the rescue efforts. the self-defense forces, all of the forces have mobilized 50,000 people, and they are to be doubled to 100,000, and the police officers,
CSPAN
Mar 20, 2011 10:30am EDT
to take resources away from that to help the effort to analyze what happened in japan the decisions on the new reactors are still some time away. right now they're getting public comment. that will take a few months to get all of those comments in. then we will begin the process of reviewing them. that is still several months away. i am not sure exactly how we will balance our resources. mother nature has thrown a hideous tons of the japanese, bigger than their civil a nuclear engineers and licensing authority's anticipated. how can we be confident -- not that we are likely to say tsunami -- how can we be confident that we won't have a hurricane, earthquake and other natural phenomenon that is bigger than the biggest thing you have budgeted for it? guest: the way we think about it is we come up with what we think is the maximum natural phenomenon that we expect to occur and we designed these facilities around that with a little bit extra margin because we now there are some things we don't know. we recognize there may things we had not envisioned or thought about. we have establishe
CSPAN
Mar 20, 2011 1:00pm EDT
attention from the historic changes in the middle east and north africa to the tragedy unfolding in japan. as i often say, we have to deal with both the urgent and the important at the same time. with president obama departing for resilience in just a few hours, -- for brazilia and just a few hours, this is the time to consider another important part of the world. the president's trip coincides with the anniversary of a major milestone in hemispheric relations. 50 years ago, president kennedy launched the alliance for progress, pledging that the united states would join with latin american leaders to address head-on a development challenge that was, as he put it, staggering in its dimensions. he understood that our failure to tackle poverty and inequality in latin america could tear the social fabric and undercut democracy's prospects throughout the hemisphere. president kennedy announced the alliance here in washington to an audience of latin american ambassadors at the white house. president obama will mark this anniversary in latin america. i think that is fitting. too few americans ha
CSPAN
Mar 27, 2011 2:00am EDT
ambassador to japan. he did so with distinction from 2001-2005. it was of this service of senator baker that inspired us to establish our ambassadorial lecture series at the center. two other people here today that i would like to mention and deserve a special thank you. susan and janon sitting at the head table with senator baker. [applause] they are natives of iraq. i am pleased to say, brought them together to meet in knoxville, which led to a liasson -- marriage is another word. and they now make not spell -- make knoxville their home. they are good friends. it is through their good officers encountered we have the pleasure to welcome ambassador samir al-sumaida'ie to knoxville, to the university of tennessee. thank you for this. also on the table you see a pamphlet with the u.s. constitution, bill of rights declaration of independence, and the the tennessee constitution. this publication has men made available for dissemination by the political science department. very generous. i have been talking with them. our plan will be to add to our collection of the constitution and bill
CSPAN
Mar 6, 2011 1:00pm EST
is the highest with about 38%. i think only japan is higher. it is all put this on an impact. will you comment on that? >> you are correct. our tax rate look soon to be the highest. ia good tax code would have a broad base. this speciallot deductions and extensions. by getting a broad base coming you can lower the rate. that provides greater incentives for firms to locate. do you tax based only on profits earned in the united states are blow for profit? but at what rate to you think we should aim for that would put this in the best position in terms of competition on the global stage? >> i did not have a single number in mind. there are is the number of deductio. we will certainly get it down if we can. >> part of the charges to keep prices stable. on the one hand, we have to pay down the debt. to what is this a faulted the economy? it is still volatil or week. athere is a $1 billion cut we passed around. why is the discrepancy in the figure of around 6005000 to 700? that is a huge difference. who doou believe here? we have a number of questions. we are trying to understand the reasons. >> wou
CSPAN
Mar 12, 2011 10:00am EST
right. japan, as we probably all know, has a birth rate of not two 0.0, but more like 1.5. their population has actually been declining, even the people are living much longer. their total population has been declining because their birthrate is so low, and they have known that immigration. we are having essentially replacement birthrates, and net immigration. so, good point. our problem is significant, but it is worse elsewhere. if that is any solace, that is really good news. if you look at the birth rate, and you add in the net immigration, it makes it more equivalent to 2.3, which means that the birth rate has dropped from three down to two. it is very significant. the implications of all this in terms of the effect on social security and beyond social sit -- security, we could look at what has happened to the relationship between a number of workers, and the number of beneficiaries. this is similar to a demographic ratio that is often looked at, which is the age of dependency ratio -- the number of folks over 65/the number of working age people. this has the same sh
CSPAN
Mar 27, 2011 1:00pm EDT
in japan. i have one friend tell me that there's such a hodgepodge of technology. the germans started it in the 1970's. then the japanese took it. they are afraid that if people give in, it will blow up. -- they're afraid that, if you plug it in, it will blow up. some people have suggested there is seven times at the pumps. i think there will be a while because that reactor dissolves if it ever does. if they do not have a power plant, what they need this and richard uranium for? the other things that have gone the assassinations of nuclear scientists as so on, it definitely could be a factor in suggesting that they might slowdown. i do not think that they will give up their determination to have a program meant to say that they have a right to the program. that is a nationalistic issue. that will let go away. >> that is a lesson not just for the iran, but for the entire middle east. >> it could really be a counter- proliferation -- if it is a horrible cause for the japanese, but it is important for all of the the country to want nuclear power. >> with afghanistan being a majority pest
CSPAN
Mar 5, 2011 2:00pm EST
with the different models on board. we have something from the european space station and the htb from japan. what is amazing is how big the structure is. we can fly around the vehicle and take pictures and marble that the majority of the u.s. segment was brought up a piece by piece. it will be truly amazing. >> congratulations on a successful mission. the question will be for someone who wants to tackle it. i do not think people on the ground can appreciate what the living spaces are like in the space station. now that it is complete can you talk a little bit about how large it is and how much space you had to move around in? >> just to start off, this space station is the largest pressurized volume in place in history -- in space in the history. i use the word that my son uses, which isginormous -- is g inormous. it is equivalent to a seventh 47 or bigger. it is oppressive -- a 747 or better. we can use every single one of the walls or models in a way that we cannot do on the ground. it makes for a wonderful resource for science and living and being up here floating around. it is great. >> i hav
CSPAN
Mar 19, 2011 10:00am EDT
from japan to libya, with the al-jazeera english network. in libya, the updates there, world leaders are launching military action there as top officials from the united states, europe, and the arab world have announced they will protect civilians caught in combat between the libyan french president said after an emergency summit in paris today that france has already taken military action against libya. earlier today, libyan government troops stormed into the rebel capital. apparently ignoring a proclaimed cease-fire and potentially complicating any military action by allied forces. >> in terms of the preparedness of -- >> president obama is touring south america, meeting with leaders. today he stops in the capitol city of bra sillia to meet with the president. he is scheduled to give a speech. and on mont he arrives in chile for a meeting with 2 president. and on tuesday, he will travel to el salvador where he will meet with the president before returning on wednesday. the president will remain in el salvador for tours of the national cathedral and the myian ruins. >> this weekend
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 10:00am EDT
in japan. but it is home to many of our nation's most important -- virginia is home to many of our nation's most important military installations. my top priority is to restore fiscal responsibility and help the private sector create the jobs our citizens need. here in the states, we have to balance our budgets. we cannot print money and we have strict that limits. we had to live within our means. we manage our state but just like you run your family and business but does. -- we manage our state budgets just like you run your family and business budgets. we closed at this by cutting spending, not raising taxes. but as we closed -- we closed our deficit by cutting spending, not raising taxes. our work in the state is at risk of being undermined by the unrealistic and irresponsible policies coming from washington. chief among them, the passage of the federal health care bill. unlike states, families, and businesses, the federal government does not have to balance its budget. that leads to policies like the federal health care bill that pushes expensive programs on to the rest of us. washing
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 2:00am EDT
is happening in japan. i personally think it will be working its way out and we will end up with not as dire a set of consequences. i could be wrong, but i don't think there will be a diverse set of consequences. if that happens to happen if the japanese and up fixing this without any different -- serious injury or loss of life then the important message to the world will be exactly the opposite of what the media is trying to make it now, it will be that energy source can withstand even a magnitude nine earthquake in one of the largest tsunami that have ever hit japan. but we have to have the courage and the strength to create a climate where again, the correct policy becomes an easy policy rather than the wrong policy being a politically correct one that people would hope we would have. it is up to us. we have responsibilities. the third thing i would like to talk about before we get into the political side of politics is what is it going on around the world. we certainly watched with amazement what was going
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